Senate Majority Leader Expects Comprehensive Amnesty Bill to Easily Pass

Written by Right Side News


December 9, 2008

With an increased Democratic majority coming to Capitol Hill in the spring, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is already preparing for a number of sweeping reforms, including amnesty legislation. During an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Sen. Reid indicated that plans for comprehensive amnesty legislation were in the works: "On immigration, there's been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain to move forward on that. ... We'll do that."

In a follow up question, the reporter asked Sen. Reid if he expected an immigration bill to yield "much of a fight." Sen. Reid responded, "We've got McCain and we've got a few others. I don't expect much of a fight at all." (Detroit Free Press, November 23, 2008)

Despite Sen. Reid's confidence in the ease of passing a controversial amnesty bill, his Democratic counterparts in the House may prove to put up more of a fight. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) co-sponsored the SAVE Act in the 110th Congress and has already announced he plans to re-introduce the bill again in the 111th Congress. Where Sen. Reid's immigration bill would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens across the country, Rep. Shuler's SAVE Act is an enforcement-first approach to immigration law. (Asheville Citizen-Times, November 29, 2008)

In the event of another amnesty debate, Sen. Reid will again find himself at odds with the American people. Exit polling conducted by Zogby International for FAIR found that an overwhelming majority of the electorate opposes amnesty. Moreover, among Obama voters, 67 percent said that Obama's support for amnesty was either not a factor in their choice or that they voted for Obama in spite of his position on amnesty. (See Legislative Update, November 6, 2008)

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